Re: pirated copy alert (was: Re: Two Russian films)

Margery May (mmay@mail.wesleyan.edu)
Fri, 14 Jun 2002 08:08:11 -0700 (PDT)

Soooo,,,,I'm guessing you don't think I should order Barak from them... ;-)

MM

At 06:20 AM 6/14/02 -0700, you wrote:
>YIKES
>Karen
>KRUPNYI PLAN is the BIGGEST PIRATE IN THAT I KNOW OF. They have been ripping
>off Russian films ( and Hollywood films) for nearly two decades. Despite
>having lost legal judgements in Europe and the US , the continue to operate
>especially on the net. Mosfilm which DID make some deals with them a long
>time ago has been TRYING to shut them down. Jove films which is a US
>representative for many Mosfilm titles has been hauling them into to court
>for many years and has won as yet unpaid judgements. The man who runs the
>place is a mobster who has been convicted of WHITE SLAVERY (no I am NOT
>kidding) He was recently convicted on CRIMINAL piracy charges stemming from
>an FBI raid on his US operations in Brooklyn. His sentencing comes up in the
>fall and I actually had to write a letter to the Parole Division to explain
>the financial damage he caused Kino by ripping off nearly every Russian film
>we sell ( and telling me he worked for a Russian Senior Citizens Center)
>He has asked the Government to wave the conviction and he will use his
>Russian Mob contacts to catch Osama Bin Laden ( Again I am NOT making this
>up)
>
>If any of you have dealings with them and have current info on listings etc
>let me know and I will pass it along to both Jove films and Parole Division
>
>Jessica
>--
>Jessica Rosner
>Kino International
>333 W 39th St. 503
>NY NY 10018
>jrosner@kino.com
>
> > From: Karen Gorss Benko <Karen.Gorss.Benko@williams.edu>
> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> > Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 05:16:35 -0700 (PDT)
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > Subject: pirated copy alert (was: Re: Two Russian films)
> >
> > Rbcmp3.com is a rich source of inexpensive videos, and they deliver
> fast. The
> > only trouble is that in at least three cases, what they have delivered
> to us
> > were
> > pirated videos. I know of another librarian who ordered from them *after*
> > calling
> > on the phone to make sure their wares were legal and receiving
> assurances that
> > they were--and received a video that was obviously pirated, with no
> attempt to
> > hide it.
> >
> > I will offer a caveat to the effect that they have now added Krupnyi Plan
> > titles
> > to their web catalog, and as far as I know, KP offers only legal
> materials, so
> > maybe a change is afoot at rbcmp3.
> >
> > Karen
> >
> > "Delin, Peter" wrote:
> >
> >> Dear Margery,
> >>
> >> Barak (Ogorodnikov, 1999) is available here (without english
> >> subtitles!):
> >> http://www.rbcmp3.com/store/product.asp?dept%5Fid=3001&sku=20528
> >
> > --
> > Karen Gorss Benko
> > Catalog Librarian and Russian liaison
> > Williams College
> > Williamstown, Massachusetts
> > kbenko@williams.edu
> >
> >

Margery L. May
Acquisitions Administrator
Wesleyan University Library
Acquisitions Department
Olin Memorial Library
Middletown, CT 06459
860-685-3834
mmay@wesleyan.edu